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Musée Matisse information
Located about 2km north of the centre, in the leafy quarter of Cimiez, the Musée Matisse houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, documenting the artist’s stylistic evolution. Its permanent collection is displayed in a red-ochre 17th-century Genoese villa overlooking an olive-tree-studded park. Temporary exhibitions are hosted in the futuristic basement building. Sadly, all explanations are in French only.
Matisse lived nearby in the 1940s, in the monumental Régina building at 71 bd de Cimiez. Originally Queen Victoria’s wintering palace, it had been converted and Matisse had two apartments that he used as his home and studio. He died there in 1954 and is now buried at the cemetery of the Monastère de Cimiez , across the park from the museum.